I saw this comic on Facebook last week and thought: YES! That’s exactly my opinion of winter and why I’d like it if we went from Christmas straight to spring. Alas, it doesn’t work that way here in New England and we are now mired in the gloomy, grey days of winter. But you know what? We must make the best of it! We must focus on the positive! We must enjoy the moment that we have because, to put it bluntly, it’s all that we have. And so, today, our Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Ways To Make Winter Less Bleak.
- Leave the twinkle lights up – that little bit of sparkle makes everything glow.
- Watch lots of movies – the Oscars are coming soon!
- Play games. Quiddler, Phase 10, Cards Against Humanity are great ways to pass a cozy evening by the fire.
- Light scented candles. My favorite right now is one from our local candle company and it’s called Cinnamon Balsam.
- Plan a vacation to somewhere warm. I booked our trip to Mexico last week and we’ve been talking about what we did last year and what we want to do this year.
- Go to the gym. It’s bright and warm at the gym and once you get all hot and sweaty it makes the cold seem less, well, cold.
- Wear colorful hand knits. I may not love the cold but I appreciate that, as a knitter, this is my season to show off all my pretty stuff.
- Hang out at a bar with Dale. The warmth and the lights, the noise and other people, the delicious food and booze make winter seems much nicer.
- Buy fresh flowers. Tulips are on sale this week at my grocery store and you know I bought some.
- Have an indoor picnic. We’ve done this occasionally, spreading a quilt on the floor in front of the woodstove and enjoying that old standby: a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou. It’s silly but it’s fun even if our bones do creak when we sit on the floor these days.
Those are my ideas – I’m excited to read yours, too, and hopefully find some new ways to beat the winter blahs. If you wrote a post for today please add your link below and if you’d like to subscribe to the weekly Ten on Tuesday email please click here.